Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4-10-14 fdl eab

Fond du Lac city officials are hoping to incorporate a treatment program in addition to tree removal in anticipation of an emerald ash borer infestation.  Public Works director Jordan Skiff told the city council Wednesday night the pre-emptive effort continues to remove ash trees from city parks and terraces.  Skiff says he would like the city to use some of those funds to treat some trees as well.  "Some of the research coming out of states like Michigan and Indiana, states that have had infestations for longer periods of time, are actually showing science that may be helpful to us in our handling of EAB,"  Skiff said.  "It has shown that some forms of treating for EAB are more effective than originally thought."  Skiff is recommending that some of the budget be shifted toward treatment instead of just eradication efforts.  Last summer the city of Fond du lac confirmed that the destructive Emerald Ash Borer had been located just outside the city limits.
Residents also have an opportunity to have public ash trees in their area remain by paying to have them treated.  Skiff says so far about 50 residents have expressed an interest in that.

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